I made me a Terrarium!











London Terrariums

I am rather enjoying getting into this growing lark. I’ve got tomatoes sprouting on my balcony, mint flourishing in my kitchen, mould in my bathroom and a few days ago I was lucky enough to take part in a workshop with London Terrariums… which saw me coming home with my very own bottled garden, just like what them Victorians did all those moons ago…


London Terrariums


London Terrariums

Tools of the trade (and my very messy workbench…)


London Terrariums


London Terrariums

We first dropped in a layer of pebbles…


London Terrariums


London Terrariums

Emma Sibley, the owner and founder of London Terrariums, showed us step by step what to do…


London Terrariums

And then sprinkled over a layer of activated charcoal – this helps keep the water and the air clean


London Terrariums

Activated charcoal

The workshop was a taster of things to come at GROW London, where London Terrariums will be hosting a workshop on the 25th June. GROW London takes place on Hampstead Heath 24th – 26th June and is so much more than a gardening fair… to me, it’s a gorgeous horticultural and lifestyle festival, with beautiful things to see and buy and a plethora of green-fingered experts sharing their wisdom in a series of workshops, talks and events… (I have 5 pairs of tickets to give away, so see the bottom of this post for full details!)


London Terrariums


London Terrariums

Compost is an essential ingredient for Terrarium making…


London Terrariums

A quick homemade funnel helps get the compost through the narrow of the jar. Unless you’re me.


London Terrariums

Emma’s home-made tools are genius!


London Terrariums


London Terrariums


London Terrariums


London Terrariums

Some of the lower leaves needed to be trimmed


London Terrariums


London Terrariums

Moss adds another lovely texture to the terrarium


London Terrariums


London Terrariums

Spray it with a bit of water to give it a head start…


London Terrariums


London Terrariums

Trying to get all the various shrubs and pieces of moss into their little holes reminded me of the game Operation – patience is required! But that’s ok – we were in no rush and it was all rather therapeutic…


London Terrariums

My terrarium-making comrades – Kim Dellow and India Block from Ham & High

And by the end of session, we had all made a terrarium we were extremely proud of!


London Terrariums

My terrarium!


London Terrariums

The whole process was absolutely lovely – we chatted, we laughed, we drank tea and got messy… but mostly there was just a very calm feeling in the room… It was extremely relaxing and a very charming experience. I loved it.

If you would like to win a pair of tickets to GROW London (and I have 5 pairs to give away!) just pop over to my Twitter account and RT the competition tweet.

The deadline is this Sunday 12th June at midnight, UK time.

Thank you so much to GROW London and to London Terrariums for this super experience – my terrarium is still going strong on my windowsill and has been a great conversation piece ever since!

Have you ever made a terrarium?

(And is anyone else substituting the word Aquarius for Terrarium in the song from Hair? It is TOTALLY stuck in my head…)

GROW London
Marquee Lower Fairground Site East Heath Road Hampstead
London NW3 1TH
24th June – 26th June, 11am – 6pm

This post was shot on my LEICA D-LUX – dinky but dynamic 馃槈

5 Comments

  1. This looks really fun. I鈥檝e looked into doing a terrarium workshop before, but never got round to booking it. Will have to make sure to do it.

  2. mariangela

    WOW, How talented you are.

  3. Helen Ayres

    Gorgeous, Poppy!

  4. I have never made a terrarium but now I want to go and find glass bottles and pebbles and get started! Looks like such a lovely workshop too!

  5. They look amazing! so pretty

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